Uitvoerder van het kunsten-en cultureel-erfgoedbeleid van de Vlaamse Regering

Reflection Group 'EU and Cultural heritage'

Starting point: Declaration of Bruges

The Declaration of Bruges (pdf) at the end of the Belgian EU-Presidency  (9th of December 2010) was the starting point and catalyst.Members of the Reflection Group ‘EU and Cultural heritage’


The Reflection Group gathers cultural heritage experts appointed by national heritage authorities in an informal network that plays a proactive and coordinating role in cultural heritage promotion and historic environment preservation.

The Reflection Group raises awareness on the value of cultural heritage and its potential for EU policy development. The Group reflects on how the specific objectives of cultural heritage policy can be achieved when cultural heritage is used as resource for promoting other EU-policy objectives. Furthermore the Group brings cultural heritage at a higher (political) level under the forthcoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union working in close collaboration with all stakeholders (public and private organisations involved, including civil society).


The legal framework, the articles 3.3 and 167.4 of the Lisbon Treaty, are put into practise. All the policy fields of the EU are aware of the transversal dimension of cultural heritage and take into account cultural heritage in their decision making processes. The potential of cultural heritage is better incorporated in the general policy of the EU in order to achieve sustainable and optimal management, preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage in Europe.


The members of the Reflection Group are experts in cultural heritage policy and representatives from national heritage authorities from the Member States of the European Union or member states of the European Economic Area.

Current members of the Reflection Group are representatives of Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  

The European Commission (DG EAC) and the Council of Europe have also designated each a representative in the group.


The Reflection Group acts on its own authority but works closely together with other governmental networks such as European Heritage Heads Forum, European Heritage Legal Forum, Europae Archaeologiae Consilium and European Heritage Network aisbl and other stakeholders including civil society organisations (Heritage Alliance 3.3, ICOMOS …) and professional organisations.


Links with all relevant documents produced in close collaboration with the Reflexion Group during pasted EU-Presidencies:

Other linked documents:

The secretariat of the Reflexion Group

Flanders Department of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media
Cultural Heritage Division
Brigitte Myle
+32 2 553 69 82